When thyroid cancer is found early, you have a higher chance for successful treatment. Unfortunately, thyroid cancer often has few signs or symptoms. When it does have symptoms, they vary from person to person.
If you do have signs or symptoms of thyroid cancer, they may include:
- Lump or nodule in the front of the neck
- Enlargement of the thyroid or swelling in the neck
- Pain in the front of the neck that may stretch to the ears
- Change in voice or hoarseness
- Breathing problems, especially the feeling that you are breathing through a straw
- Cough that does not go away and is not caused by a cold
- Cough with blood
- Swallowing problems
These symptoms do not always mean you have thyroid cancer. However, it is important to discuss any signs or symptoms with your doctor, since they may signal other health problems.
Research shows that many cancers can be prevented if people applied everything known about cancer prevention to their lives.
Some cases of thyroid cancer can be passed down from one generation to the next. Genetic counseling may be right for you. Learn more about the risk to you and your family on our genetic testing page.